Ethics Review

All research performed at the Canadian Light Source facility (CLS) that involves: human subjects and/or  the use of human tissue or biological fluids from subjects, living or not, or  live animals and/or animal tissue or biological fluids from animals requires ethics approval prior to performing research at the CLS.

The CLS facility is licensed through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and CLSI is required to comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.  CLSI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Saskatchewan.

The University of Saskatchewan:

Ethics Approval Requirements

Human subjects/human tissue or biological fluids subjects living or not (Human tissue includes research involving human remains, cadavers, tissues, blood, body fluids, embryos or fetuses)

Live animals

Animal tissue or biological fluids from animals (CCAC Category A experiments involve the use of animal tissues, but do not involve any work on live vertebrates.  Examples include:  use of tissue culture; use of tissues obtained at necropsy, from a slaughterhouse, or from another research scientist; or the use of eggs.  Studies using most invertebrates (except cephalopods and some other higher invertebrates) or on live isolates, such as protozoa or other single-celled organisms do not need to be submitted for ethics review.)

Review of ethics documents may take several weeks.  Ethics approval for experiments involving live animals may take several months.

 For more information on CLSI ethics guidelines and procedures see: